This week’s product review will cover Dr. Zach Long’s Shoulder Performance for the Fitness Athlete.
Zach runs one of my favorite physical therapy and fitness blogs, The Barbell Physio. His website, Instagram, and Facebook pages constantly provide evidence-based and immediately applicable information. I have especially learned a great deal about crossfit and Olympic weightlifting specifically from following his blog.
This product consists of a 36-page ebook and accompanying 1 hour and 14 minute video.
The price is $99.
The e-book is divided into 3 main sections that focus on the following:
- Overhead Press
- Front Rack
- Dips, Muscle-ups, and Olympic weightlifting
Additionally, a 4th section includes three progressive exercises/substitutions for the injured athlete.
Under each of these sections, Zach outlines several assessments to help identify if that fault is more related to a mobility impairment or a motor control impairments.
Next, specific interventions are provided to address the various faults under each assessment. The intervention could focus more on a mobility impairment or a motor control impairment.
Based on my own tallies, this is the number of assessments/interventions under each category. Note: Some of these could be considered overlapping. Zach does a fantastic job of making each section succinct and clinically applicable. All of the assessments are clearly outlined. Some of the more common interventions (such as soft tissue work to a specific area) are not all demonstrated by pictures or video.
- 6 assessments
- 12 interventions
Front Rack Position
- 4 assessments
- 5 interventions
- 2 assessments
- 5 interventions
Here is an example of an intervention to address mobility limitations that you could find in this e-book.
Thoracic Spine Extension Over Foam Roller
Here is an example of an intervention to address motor control limitations that you could find in this e-book.
Based on my tallies, which again could be slightly overlapping, you could expect the following:
- 12 assessments
- 22 interventions (including soft tissue work, mobility exercises, and motor control drills)
- 3 substitutions for the injured athlete
- Assess to Zach Long’s Inner Circle (worth a product review post of its own)
Who I would recommend this produce to:
- Any physical therapist/physical therapist assist. Most physical therapists do not have even the slightest clue about crossfit or Olympic weightlifting. This is a phenomenal tool to teach you the specific mobility and motor control requirements of these sports. They need more than RTC strengthening at 0 degrees abduction and rows with a theraband.
- Athletes who participate in Olympic weightlifting or crossfit. The language of this e-book, and video, are more for the general public than healthcare providers. I think this would be a fantastic learning tool to help maximize your warm-ups and corrective exercises so that you’re not wasting your time with mobility work when you actually have a motor control issue. Or vice versa.
- Coaches or personal trainers- Not even just for those who coach crossfit or Olympic weightlifting. Any coach or trainer that programs overhead lifting, dips, or front-squats could also gain significant insight into keeping athletes healthy.
Zach provides a systematic approach to determine if shoulder issues are the result of mobility or motor control impairments and what specific corrective exercises should be used to fix them in the shortest amount of time possible.
I highly recommend this Shoulder Performance for the Fitness Athlete.